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DRINK > Wine Bar Fleur Parf, Kyoto

It is a quiet street in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto where we found Wine Bar Fleur Parf, it is hidden at the end of a long passage (lit by lamps on the ground), past a beautiful courtyard garden to the bar at the back. There you find a sanctuary…

The Kyoto Guide >

Kyoto is a timeless cultural gem.  A city that blends the ancient with the modern and lets travellers immerse themselves in the traditional heart of Japan.  

There are literally thousands of shrines and temples, each more beautiful than the last.  The tradition of wearing traditional dress is quite common and many people even rent a kimono to have a closer connection to the experience.

Visit the beautiful historic district of Gion, home to traditional machya tea houses, or hundreds of red tori gates at the Fushimi Inari Taisha (if you are bold you can even walk right over the top through the park).

Rent a bicycle or get a bus over to the Bamboo forest, where the canes tower above your head.

Or find you way around the incredible restaurants and bars, because Kyoto is one of the world’s great cities

WHERE TO HAVE COFFEEIts more than just a caffinated beverage you know

CAFE > Blue Bottle, Kyoto
Yes it is a chain store. American even. But yes, they do make great coffee. They just tend to be very slow and have a very limited selection of food or snacks on offer, it is all about the coffee. So if you are in…
CAFE > Goodman Roaster, Kyoto
Goodman Roaster opened in Kyoto in 2019, it is a small cafe and coffee roaster with 85 different coffees from all over the world. One of the key differences is the Taiwanese coffee, owner Ito-san travelled from Kyoto to Taiwan and was introduced to coffee from the Alishan mountain…
CAFE > Common Well, Kyoto
Common Well opened to provide ‘Melbourne Style’ coffee experience in Kyoto and they are doing just that (in a Japanese way) at a newly opened cafe Just down the road from the Nishiki Markets. They serve long black, short black, flat whites, they even serve what's referred…


The Best Places To Eat In Melbourne
EAT > Sushi Masumoto, Kyoto
In the beautiful back streets of Gion where the traditional ‘Matcha’ tea houses hide away there are some amazing restaurants hidden behind the sliding doors and ‘Noren’ doorway curtains. One of these outstanding restaurants is Sushi Masumoto which is a set Omakase course sushi restaurant preparing perfect individual morsels for…
EAT > Wajoryomen Sugari, Kyoto
Ramen. You love it, or you don’t. Hot, spicy, full of flavour. The best ramen is something of a work of art (see the quote below from the incredible 1985 movie Tampopo). Sugari has something of a following in a classic Matcha house, hidden on a narrow…
EAT > Nikuryori Oka, Kyoto (17/20)
Nikuryori Oka is restaurant that obsesses with beef, and not just beef but A5 marbled wagyu beef largely agreed to be the most flavoursome, melt in your mouth beef in the world. Hidden away amongst the beautiful machiya tea houses of Gion you will find a restaurant…

Kyoto Restaurants >

The famed Michelin Guide lists over 200 recommended restaurants in Kyoto and 96 of those have Michelin Stars. 

From the incredible Kobe Beef restaurants (such as Nikuryori Oka)  to the Ramen of Wajoryomen Sugari you are going to find something to make your mouth water.



Almanak Guide to Melbourne's Best Hotels
STAY > Hotel IMU, Kyoto
Finding a hotel in Kyoto for a reasonable price in the middle of Sakura season is hard. Not surprisingly the selection of incredible hotels and ryokans all increase the cost to stay or are booked out early and you are left with some other choices. One of those choices is the IMU Hotel, its not bad by any means, it is just nothing like the exquisite accomodation that can be found in Kyoto. The IMU has a bit of a smart hostel vibe, the bar and cafe downstairs are also a shared lounge space. Rooms…

Fliteboard Series 3

You might have seen one, racing across water, surfing without waves, gliding or racing, it is clear that there is a new and exhilarating to get your water adrenalin fix and that the e-Foil. Australian company Fliteboard are making the most popular e-Foil on the market and gaining acclaim all over the world.

The new model (Series 3) is a full of innovations and new features and new technology. The propulsion has been redesigned and is scalable and interchangeable, this allows the rider to change from propeller to jet and back as best suits the conditions.

The new battery is lighter and last longer, there are new foil wings with lower drag and enabling higher performance, this is more than enough to get you whipping across the bay, comfortably carrying a rider weighing up to 120 kg…!!!

Origin of Flite

The founder of Flite is former kite-surfing world record holder David Trewern, was at a kitefoiling event in 2016 when he had the thought: ‘What if I didn’t have to wait for the wind. What if I could just attach an electric motor to my foil?’

In the workshop he sketched out his designs and ideas, built prototypes until he found the right mix, now Flite boards are all over the world and has created its own new category of water sport.

Trewern claims about that first ride ‘It was magical. The feeling of freedom was like nothing else.’ And that has translated to global success with more than 330 authorised partners selling boards, Fliteschools across the world, and offices in three countries: Australia, The Netherlands and The United States.

Fliteboards come in five different models that best suit the riders experience with the boards available in fibreglass and carbon fibre and a modular and upgradable range of customisation that starts at $15,495 AUD up to $20,995 for the Ultra L designed to be ultra light and highly responsive in varied surf conditions.


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